April 07, 2003


There was a long version of this post, but... never ever write anything long in a TEXTAREA. 'Nuff said.

The point was that I'm really, really tempted to give up Syndirella development. And this is one of the reasons why. SharpReader today has just about everything that I wanted to implement in Syndirella in the next 2-3 months. So, instead of spending time creating Yet Another implementation, I'd rather continue the development of Structorian or a C++/SDL client for DungeonLab.

If anyone wants to take up Syndirella maintenance, you're welcome - e-mail me, and we'll discuss that. And if I don't find a new maintainer, I'll probably push to create the 0.91 release, and leave it at that. Maybe some time later I'll regain interest to resume working on Syndirella. Or maybe not. But for now, the fun part of the project is over, and what remains is boring hard work.

Thanks to everyone who e-mailed me and mentioned Syndirella in their weblogs, and special thanks to Johannes Technau and Keith Martin for the books. I've finished "Pattern Recognition", and really enjoyed it, and the "Spectre of the Black Rose" still sits in my reading list, but I've received it with no problems.

I'm still going to report my hacking and maybe even other activities on this weblog, so don't hurry to unsubscribe from the feed. :-) And you're always welcome to contact me by ICQ - at least, I don't leave ICQ messages unanswered, as I do with e-mail.

CY, yole. :-)

Posted by yole at April 7, 2003 10:22 PM | TrackBack

I hope you don't drop Syndirella development. My favorite part is that it's GPL'd, which is a big plus for me. Also, I prefer your UI. SharpReader looks weird and less coherent to the other RSS aggregators.

Posted by: Kevin Breit on April 7, 2003 11:35 PM

I'd also like to keep Syndirella alive.

The only feature of SharpReader that is worth "stealing" is the ability to have folders and re-order feeds.

Does it have web-scraping? Does it allow you to SPACEBAR through all your unread items? No.

Syndirella is still the most polished and feature-rich Win32 newsreader I've seen. It'd be a shame to see it disappear.


Posted by: rODbegbie on April 8, 2003 12:34 AM

So what if this has features on your to-do list? So does Beaver. And Bottom Feeder.

But they don't have web-scrape. Neither does Sharpreader.

It'd be a shame if you stopped working on Syndirella, since it's become my favorite aggregator.

Posted by: steveo on April 8, 2003 01:40 AM

Syndirella rules!
The only 'important' feature missing is the ability to re-order feed and create folders...

Posted by: ssn on April 8, 2003 12:48 PM

Re-ordering feeds and Syndirella instantly becomes 1000% more usable. IMHO it's the only thing SharpReader has over Syndirella, everything else Syndirella does much better.

SharpReader's link to a post's comments is nice (the threaded related posts hasn't yet shown me anything I wouldn't read anyway), but for simplicity, speed and clarity, Syndirella all the way.

Posted by: Phil Wilson on April 8, 2003 02:38 PM

Web-scraping capacity is definitely a big advantage over the others readers. Actually, it is what I find the most useful since the majority of websites I want to "watch" don't have rss feeds.

Posted by: mike on April 8, 2003 04:39 PM

I would have to agree. I would be very sad to see syndirella go. It's slim, it's clean, it's intuitive. And after a day of using SharpReader, I still like it better.

Posted by: Damon on April 8, 2003 07:17 PM

Damn! Don't even think about it! Syndirella - it's the best internet-utility I ever download! I tried of this damn RSS-feeds - and Syndirella's web-scrape ability it's a perfect thing! Only thing I wish to see in Syndirella - more advanced webpage-parsing system. Macros or regexp.

With best wishes, Gorlum.

P.S. I'm fully understand you reasons but I can't agree with dying of such perfect product!

Posted by: Gorlum on April 11, 2003 01:10 PM

Another good reason for keeping Syndirella alive (apart from it being a great product) is that it does work under Windows 98, and SharpReader doesn't.
I agree with the other comments, the ability to re-arrange feeds and store them in folders would make Syndirella even better (especially considering the fact that my list of subscribtions is growing at an exponential rate ;-)

Posted by: Roel on April 21, 2003 01:29 AM
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